Bing Crosby

Singer + Actor
Born May 3, 1903

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses.… Read More

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1903 Birth Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street.
1906 3 Years Old In 1906, Crosby's family moved to Spokane, and in 1913, Crosby's father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Ave. … Read More
1910 7 Years Old In 1910, seven-year-old Harry Crosby Jr. was forever renamed. … Read More


1917 14 Years Old In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium", where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held Crosby spellbound with his ad libbing and spoofs of Hawaiian songs. … Read More
1920 17 Years Old Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School (today's Gonzaga Prep) in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. … Read More


1923 20 Years Old In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. … Read More
1925 22 Years Old In October 1925, Crosby and his partner Al Rinker, brother of singer Mildred Bailey, decided to seek fame in California and they traveled to Los Angeles where they met up with Mildred Bailey. … Read More
1926 23 Years Old Hired for $150 a week in 1926, they made their debut with Whiteman on December 6 at the Tivoli Theatre in Chicago. … Read More
1928 25 Years Old Crosby soon became the star attraction of the Rhythm Boys, and in 1928 he had his first number one hit with the Whiteman orchestra, a jazz-influenced rendition of "Ol' Man River". … Read More
1930 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Bing had married Dixie Lee in September 1930 and after a threatened divorce in March 1931, he started to apply himself seriously to his career.
His gramophone records in 1931 broke new ground as his powerful and emotional singing started to change the face of popular music forever. … Read More
1932 29 Years Old Crosby played the lead in a series of sound-era musical comedy short films for Mack Sennett, signed with Paramount and starred in his first full-length feature, 1932's The Big Broadcast, the first of 55 films in which he received top billing.


1934 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He would appear in 79 pictures, and signed a long-term deal with Jack Kapp's new record company Decca in late 1934. … Read More
1936 33 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1936, he'd replaced his former boss, Paul Whiteman, as host of the prestigious NBC radio program Kraft Music Hall, the weekly radio program where he remained for the next ten years. "Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)", which showcased one of his then-trademark whistling interludes, became his theme song and signature tune.
1937 - 1941 3 More Events
1942 39 Years Old Crosby's recording hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to No. 1 on October 31, where it stayed for 11 weeks. … Read More


1944 41 Years Old …  Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Going My Way in 1944, and was nominated for the 1945 sequel, The Bells of St. Mary's. … Read More
1945 42 Years Old 1 More Event
During the "Golden Age of Radio", performers had to create their shows live, sometimes even redoing the program a second time for the west coast time zone. Crosby's radio career took a significant turn in 1945, when he clashed with NBC over his insistence that he be allowed to pre-record his radio shows. (The live production of radio shows was also reinforced by the musicians' union and ASCAP, which wanted to ensure continued work for their members.) In On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, historian John Dunning wrote about German engineers having developed a tape recorder with a near-professional broadcast quality standard: … Read More
However, Murdo MacKenzie of Bing Crosby Enterprises had seen a demonstration of the German Magnetophon in June 1947—the same device that Jack Mullin had brought back from Radio Frankfurt, along with 50 reels of tape, at the end of the war. … Read More
1950 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Crosby had launched the tape recorder revolution in America. In his 1950 film Mr. Music, Crosby is seen singing into one of the new Ampex tape recorders that reproduced his voice better than anything else. … Read More


1954 - 1957 2 More Events
1959 56 Years Old NAFI Corporation and Crosby together purchased the television station KPTV, in Portland, Oregon, for $4 million on September 1, 1959.
1960 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, NAFI purchased KCOP from Crosby's group. … Read More
1962 59 Years Old In 1962, Crosby was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. … Read More


1963 60 Years Old …  In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. … Read More
1973 70 Years Old Four performances by Bing Crosby have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance". … Read More
1974 71 Years Old Following his recovery from a life-threatening fungal infection of his right lung in January 1974, Crosby emerged from semi-retirement to start a new spate of albums and concerts.
In March 1977, after videotaping a concert at the Ambassador Theater in Pasadena for CBS to commemorate his 50th anniversary in show business, and with Bob Hope looking on, Crosby fell off the stage into an orchestra pit, rupturing a disc in his back requiring a month in the hospital.
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